Patrick Scully to speak

Patrick Scully, LGBT activist and performer, to speak Oct. 9 at UWL.

Dancer, performance artist, and gay activist to give talk

LGBT activist and performer Patrick Scully is presenting his perspectives on the intersection of performance and queer activism from 2:15-3:10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall. The event hosted by the UWL Department of Theatre Arts is free.

During the conversation, “Moving Straight Ahead Gayly Forward: A Look Back,” Scully will speak to how performance intersects with LGBT activism, how a dancer – using just the body and sound – can articulate political issues, and why an artist such as himself choose to include social issues in his artistic work.

Scully will be performing his acclaimed performance piece about poet Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Illuminated, in two performances in Winona Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Wednesday, Oct. 11. Tuesday’s performance is at Paperbacks and Pieces, 429 Mankato Ave. Wednesday’s performance is in the WSU Dance Studio, Memorial 300. Memorial can be entered from 8th and Main streets, and the elevator to the left of the entrance can be taken to the third floor. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to all.

Scully’s work has earned him numerous awards, including a Sage Award Special Citation for Lifetime Contribution in Dance in 2010; McKnight Foundation awards in 2015, 1996, 1994, 1990, 1983, and 1982; and a Sally Award for Vision for the Arts in the Twin Cities, 1995. In 1986, he founded and ran Patrick’s Cabaret for numerous years. He has performed all over the world, including Berlin, Cologne, and Potsdam, Germany; Torino, Italy; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Winnipeg, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; Rio de Janiero, Brazil.